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  • Karrie E. Alms: Amazing insight into the world of politics awaits any reader at pibgorn … from a Demon’s...
  • Tony: Homefield is Dynegy. Dynegy is Ameren. There Charging You twice for the same energy. Do you really thihk $.04...
  • SouthEnder: Also does anyone remember the Velvet Freeze located on Jefferson St, up the street from the Warner Homes....
  • Eric Pollitt: I flew economy class to Hong Kong for Christmas vacation, which is a 14 hour flight. When I got back...
  • Mike: Homefield has been sold to dynery. Google dynegy scandal to see who your new parent is. If this upsets you give...
  • mortified: Fun while it lasted. Godspeed!
  • aaron: your blogging will be missed but i know that your spirit of fairness will remain alive in your other...
  • Jon: CJ, your blog was a revelation and an inspiration. You have a wonderful talent that is an asset to the...
  • Billy Dennis: Of course the Chronicle is done: Screw you. The Chronicle is one of the best researched blogs...
  • Paul Wilkinson: CJ, am sorry you have ended your blog. It was well done. It seems many have given up as we keep...
  • Sharon Crews: Your voice is definitely needed in this community. Thanks for all your insights.
  • emergepeoria: Your blog is great resource to research Peoria issues. I hope you leave it up.
  • BucketHead: I was not suggesting that, I believe the both of you had very strong common sense and that lead to your...
  • C. J. Summers: Without anonymity, there is no courage among my detractors. Take a look back at the wide variety of...
  • Of course the Chronicle is done: Without Sandberg to give stores to the Chronicle there is no Chronicle.

New Urbanism in 10 minutes a day, Pt. 2

Part 2 of Andes Duany’s lecture covers: “Zoning/Codes; Single Use vs. Mixed Use Planning; Traffic and congestion issues; Quality of Life issues; Scale and relation to physical compatibility vs. functional compatibility.”

States Attorney: No conflict for Spain

States Attorney Kevin Lyons“States Attorney has opined,” city attorney Randy Ray wrote to me today. He was referring to the opinion on whether recently-elected city councilman Ryan Spain could serve or whether he would be violating the Public Official Prohibited Activities Act. The States Attorney says no, Spain would not be in violation of state law by serving on the council.

Here’s the opinion from States Attorney Kevin Lyons. Or, you can read it below by clicking the “Read the rest of this entry” link. I’ll have a wrap up of the opinion later. I don’t have time to write a summary now.

Continue reading States Attorney: No conflict for Spain

One of the few advantages of not having a day job

Billy beat me to publishing this story about Gary Sandberg since he has all day to blog (he works at night). This is the issue about which Emtronics wrote the other day.

While Emtronics thought the story was about Gary not paying his property taxes, it’s actually a dispute over an alleged code violation […]

Illegal immigrants demand rights

The Chicago Tribune reports (registration required) that tomorrow there’s going to be a huge protest rally in Chicago to oppose deportation raids of illegal immigrants:

Organizers are encouraging immigrants to attend with two demands: that raids cease while Congress considers immigration reforms and that reforms make it possible for the country’s 12 million undocumented […]

Spain to be sworn in on Tuesday

A source tells me that city attorney Randy Ray put a note in council packets this week informing City Clerk Mary Haynes she can swear in Ryan Spain on Tuesday even though questions regarding his eligibility remain unresolved. As of Friday, Ray was still waiting for an opinion from the states attorney’s office on […]

Chamber of Commerce inconsistent on tax increases

Here’s an interesting postscript to the library referendum vote. The last time the idea of a property tax increase was floated was in 2003 when some city council members suggested it to eliminate the dreaded garbage fee. At that time, the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce had this to say (according to City of […]

New Urbanism in 10 minutes a day, Pt. 1

I found a great video of Andres Duany talking about “new urbanism” on YouTube. Duany was the consultant that came to Peoria in 2002 and wrote the Heart of Peoria Plan. This video is a lecture he gave in San Antonio, but the principles are the same. It’s about 90 minutes long total, but […]

Cardinals pitcher killed in car wreck

Tonight’s game between the Cardinals and Cubs was postponed indefinitely due to the tragic death of Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock. He apparently ran into the back of a tow truck on I-64 in St. Louis about 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. He was 29 and single. MSNBC has a picture of his SUV after the […]

Eight murders so far in 2007

So far this year, there have been eight homicides (i.e., murders) in Peoria, and it’s not even May yet. That’s an average of two murders per month. Lest we forget the citizens and neighbors we’ve lost, here are their names, ages, and when they were killed:

DeAndre Allen, 18 (1/1) Virginia K. Mallow, 72 […]

The future of Peoria is in your hands

The City is embarking on an 18-month process to completely rewrite Peoria’s Comprehensive Plan, and you can be a part of it! There will be a number of community workshops and public hearings held so the Planning Commission and Planning & Growth Department can get as much public input as possible. If you’ve ever […]